Open Oxford: How open source, open content and open design support learning technology strategies in a research institution.

wolfsonIn this presentation I will discuss how open source, open content, open data and open design support the learning technology strategies at University of Oxford. Oxford is a large and complex organisation where one size never fits all, so flexibility, re-use, customisation and open standards are key. The challenge to learning technology managers and leaders working at an organisational level is in matching not just the right technology to the right learning situation, but in matching the best approach to the needs of the institution.  I will cover several of the conference themes from a unique institutional perspective looking at how a range of technologies have been as part of a strategic approach.  I will include examples and case studies of where technologies have worked well to enhance the academic activity of the University and highlight lessons learned and reflect on how the choices of tools and the services provided are shaped by the character of the institution, the physical environment, the virtual environment and a long history of research- lead, small group teaching. The methods and approaches used will be explained and issues of risk, reputation and challenge explored. 

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